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Dredd to Thieftakers Volume 2- VICTORIANS

Dredd to Thieftakers Volume 2- VICTORIANS

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About the Project

Last year I did a project converting the early 80s Judge Dredd board game by Ian Livingstone into an historical game. Instead of Judges and comic book villains I changed it to Georgian thieftakers and real life crimes and criminals in and around Nottingham. This time I'm moving the action into the next century dominated by the Victorians. Its interesting to see what crimes are still popular from the Georgian period and the characters breaking those laws. The big difference is that there is now a dedicated uniformed police force to bring them to justice.

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Playing the game

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All round the table for the big game. We had four teams playing four constables on a mission to solve as many crimes as possible while I ran around the table handing out cards and explaining the rules.All round the table for the big game. We had four teams playing four constables on a mission to solve as many crimes as possible while I ran around the table handing out cards and explaining the rules.
I used some bobbies from West wind as playing piecesI used some bobbies from West wind as playing pieces
Some teams had more luck ir tactical know how than others but the joy of the game was seeing historical characters they knew about popping ip and getting up to odd crimes. One player found I'd used their image fir a couple of characters who just do happened to be committing sexualy deviant crimes such as bestiality. Some teams had more luck ir tactical know how than others but the joy of the game was seeing historical characters they knew about popping ip and getting up to odd crimes. One player found I'd used their image fir a couple of characters who just do happened to be committing sexualy deviant crimes such as bestiality. "Why is it always me"
This time the cards fit the sections of the board. We had a number of funny moments such as policeman mounting a penny farthing to push to a crime only to slip in an open sewer while trying to apprehend a prostitute. Players kept avoiding the serious crimes hoping to get quantity over quality. This had murders being ignored in order to catch minor offenders.This time the cards fit the sections of the board. We had a number of funny moments such as policeman mounting a penny farthing to push to a crime only to slip in an open sewer while trying to apprehend a prostitute. Players kept avoiding the serious crimes hoping to get quantity over quality. This had murders being ignored in order to catch minor offenders.
The smiling group lost but were happy for playing an escape card which meant the highest scoring criminal in their rivals pile went free robbing them of victory. They weren't happyThe smiling group lost but were happy for playing an escape card which meant the highest scoring criminal in their rivals pile went free robbing them of victory. They weren't happy
Thanks to the other teams back stabbing thus was the winning group. Much fun was had by all. Its made me think about another game in the future where you play a criminal avoiding the law. Nor sure how that would work kaybexa Chang of this system where you go on criminal jobs and the most heists winThanks to the other teams back stabbing thus was the winning group. Much fun was had by all. Its made me think about another game in the future where you play a criminal avoiding the law. Nor sure how that would work kaybexa Chang of this system where you go on criminal jobs and the most heists win

Board locations

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I came up with a number of locations fir the board based on areas from my georgian version which wouldn't have changed and then cut out some locations such as gallows Hill and the sand mines as areas that no longer existed. I swapped in some more victorian relevant locations. The first railway station. Workhouse, lunatic asylum and public parks such as the arboretum. I was going to use this map from 1880 as reference but had a brain wave. I came up with a number of locations fir the board based on areas from my georgian version which wouldn't have changed and then cut out some locations such as gallows Hill and the sand mines as areas that no longer existed. I swapped in some more victorian relevant locations. The first railway station. Workhouse, lunatic asylum and public parks such as the arboretum. I was going to use this map from 1880 as reference but had a brain wave.
What if I treated the board as if it was a victorian crime map which photographs of the actual victorian locations posted on the map.What if I treated the board as if it was a victorian crime map which photographs of the actual victorian locations posted on the map.
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I then used red string to show delineation between the sectors and create the playing areas you move around. It adds a sherlock Holmes feel to the gameI then used red string to show delineation between the sectors and create the playing areas you move around. It adds a sherlock Holmes feel to the game

Action Cards

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The action cards allow players to add bonuses to their arrest roles and scupper other players and help and hinder. I tried to find some period equivalents to what appears in the original game and some have remained from the Georgian version. I came up with the hiding places card after reading about an escaped prisoner who tried to hide up a chimney which was the first place a policeman would look. That and the outside privy. Cockayne was a defense Solicitor who represented several inmates some of whom were executed despite his best efforts to save them. Such as the wife killer who Cockayne pointed out was drunk at the time and his wife was known to be of loose morals and used foul language, as if that justified the murder.  The action cards allow players to add bonuses to their arrest roles and scupper other players and help and hinder. I tried to find some period equivalents to what appears in the original game and some have remained from the Georgian version. I came up with the hiding places card after reading about an escaped prisoner who tried to hide up a chimney which was the first place a policeman would look. That and the outside privy. Cockayne was a defense Solicitor who represented several inmates some of whom were executed despite his best efforts to save them. Such as the wife killer who Cockayne pointed out was drunk at the time and his wife was known to be of loose morals and used foul language, as if that justified the murder.
Hounds were not officially used by the police in the Victorian era although Nottingham in the 20s and 30s had a very progressive chief of police who made dogs official along with car radios and pursuit driving training and the first forensic lab.Hounds were not officially used by the police in the Victorian era although Nottingham in the 20s and 30s had a very progressive chief of police who made dogs official along with car radios and pursuit driving training and the first forensic lab.
Doctor Massey was the gaol surgeon for decades so made the obvious choice for a get out of hospital card. Escapes were common but so was attempts at suicide by prisoners. One man tried to kill himself in gaol and was whipped. Apparently it had a good effect on him and he didn't try and do it again. Washing was often lowered to a level that hampered police pursuits. .Doctor Massey was the gaol surgeon for decades so made the obvious choice for a get out of hospital card. Escapes were common but so was attempts at suicide by prisoners. One man tried to kill himself in gaol and was whipped. Apparently it had a good effect on him and he didn't try and do it again. Washing was often lowered to a level that hampered police pursuits. .
Before CID the detective branch operated out of Scotland Yard and consisted of a handful of plain clothes officers. When Peel set up the police actual crime investigation wasnt really the idea but it was soon brought in and this small group such as Whicher shown here would help forces solve murders. The Lamb gang were a notorious force known for helping run election fraud and press ganging voters and using intimidation on behalf of the highest bidder. The Station cards are used to order players to different locations. The reasons for them to attend are real such as the crush at a hanging which saw the death of 12 people or the hospitalization of coroner James Hitchins who was arrested for election fraud and someone sent him a cake in prison laced with arsenic. . Before CID the detective branch operated out of Scotland Yard and consisted of a handful of plain clothes officers. When Peel set up the police actual crime investigation wasnt really the idea but it was soon brought in and this small group such as Whicher shown here would help forces solve murders. The Lamb gang were a notorious force known for helping run election fraud and press ganging voters and using intimidation on behalf of the highest bidder. The Station cards are used to order players to different locations. The reasons for them to attend are real such as the crush at a hanging which saw the death of 12 people or the hospitalization of coroner James Hitchins who was arrested for election fraud and someone sent him a cake in prison laced with arsenic. .
Constable Etches was one of the early investigators who came to Nottingham to solve two murders by looking for something called evidence. He later went on to run prisons and become a chief constable. Nelly Blankey was a prostitute who had a run in with a local judge who died after a visit to her rooms. His corpse was quickly rushed back to his bed and a doctor called to discover he had died in his sleep. Localy everyone knew that Constable Etches was one of the early investigators who came to Nottingham to solve two murders by looking for something called evidence. He later went on to run prisons and become a chief constable. Nelly Blankey was a prostitute who had a run in with a local judge who died after a visit to her rooms. His corpse was quickly rushed back to his bed and a doctor called to discover he had died in his sleep. Localy everyone knew that "he had lost his breath that caused his death betwixt Nelly Blankeys thighs"

Perp-Criminal Cards part four

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The final batch of perps starts with former mayor of Nottingham John Margaret Pigot doctor of medicine. Nottingham has had a few bad Mayors in history which involved shooting people and Pigot carried on this tradition. The sheriffs men knocked on his door acting as bailiffs reclaiming a debt. In response Pigot pulled a gun on the door knockers and a scuffle followed. The ex mayor was arrested and so was one of the bailiffs one for attempting to discharge a pistol and the second for assault. Both men were released on bail.

17 year old Vincent Webb was arrested for manslaughter after he fired a cap gun at another teenage boy which killed him. Despite being found guilty the Judge put it down to “boys being boys” and he walked away with a shilling fine.

Elizabeth Topham was an abortionist working from a yard at the back of a pub (now a beer garden) when one mother to be died after the procedure. Topham was given the death sentence but later had the sentence dropped to life as she had not intended to kill the victim. The picture of Elizabeth is the only genuine image of the real individual.

John Watts was part of a three man gang that committed a robbery and assault. They dragged the victim off his pony and sat on him while emptying his pockets of a gold sovereign, an handkerchief and a lancet case used to cause self bleeding (Fun) One gang member got life but John was transported for 15 years. In Western Australia he was later shot dead.

George Burton put his sick father out of his misery by choking him to death in his bed with blocked fumes from the fire. He attempted to end his own life during the incident but survived. The Judge felt sorry for the unfortunate man and he was acquitted.

George Bean was a frame work knitter convicted of  violently assaulting Elizabeth Else with intent to ravish and carnally know her against her will. He ended up in the House of Correction for three months doing hard labour

The only woman to escape from the county gaol was Irish pack lady Joanna Ledwhich who climbed down a 70foot wall using bed sheets. The rope snapped and she landed in a yard before picking herself up and hobbling away to freedom. The thief had a 15 year sentence in Australia but she was never seen again.

Joseph Tucker often got in drunken arguments with his wife and after one such night he poured the contents of a paraffin lamp over her dress while she slept and set her on fire. When helped arrived alerted by her screams he calmly stood back and watched, smoking a cigarette he said “let the beast burn. She died a week later and Tucker went to the gallows.

Now I have a list of criminals I need to look at the action cards which contain odd events and bonuses for our players to use against each other during the game.

 

Perp-Criminal Cards part three

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Sarah Birch was caught smuggling tobacco into gaol during visiting hours in an attempt to pass it on to her husband. She got one month hard labour in the same gaol for her trouble.

Elizabeth (Eliza Simpson) was 15 and worked as a servant who received 6 months for stealing a shawl from her employers.

Mary Ann Parr was described as having limited intellect and was almost blind. She had been in the Bingham workhouse for some time and after having a baby refused to feed it. Eventually she smoothered the child to death against her own breast. She was given the death penalty but her mental health played a part in commuting that sentence to transportation. No captain wanted anyone insane on such a long voyage so she spent ten years in Bedlam before being transferred to the newly opened Broadmoor criminal lunatic asylum. She was the first ever inmate on their books. She remained their for the rest of her life and passed away in her 70s of kidney disease in 1900.

George Kellet-was arrested for manslaughter but only got 6 months. I’ve decided to replace this criminal with another because I’ve since found two more interesting stories.

Thomas Grey was infatuated with a young lady in his village and when he learned she was engaged he went into the shop where she worked and slit her neck open. He returned home covered in blood and when his brother in law enquired as to what had happened he replied. “Oh Ive been doing murder I think” This is another case where mental health played a part but he was still executed as the Judge ruled that if he could read the bible (Which he did) he couldn’t be insane. He was hanged in private in 1877 by William Marwood and buried in the County Gaol.

John Fenton was arrested after a brutal murder took place in his village in the dead of night. A school master heard a man cry out “Good God what are you going to do” followed by two gunshots. Thinking nothing of it he went back to bed. In the morning a local cow dealer was found dead on the green with his throat slit and two gunshot wounds to his head. His money stolen. Two guns were later found belonging to Fenton who had tried to burn his clothes along with the blood stained evidence. He claimed to be innocent but knew who was responsible although he refused to say who. He was hanged in public although by 1860 a sheet was put up so when his body dropped it wasn’t visible by the crowd.

Perp-Criminal Cards part two

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Henry Smith Westly– was in his late teens when he shot his father dead for “always finding fault with me” and going on the run. The Police checked the solicitors office where he worked as a clerk and found the body of teenager William Onions who had been beaten and stabbed with a two foot fish knife. Henry had prepared himself by killing the boy first before shooting his father. Onions had always irritated him at work by chewing loudly and coffing. Henry was found hiding in an out house. He was considered insane and was sent to Broadmoor.

Mary Ann Boot– stole a dress worth 28 shillings and received six months in gaol.

Ann Wilson– was caught spending counterfeit coins and charged with Uttering and received 12 months. A crime that carried the death penalty in the Georgian version of the game.

John Jackson– was a common poacher which was a very common 19th century crime and in 1856 was sentenced to seven years transportation to the colonies.

Joseph Simpson-was a burglar with a sentence of transportation for life but in 1844 he and six other inmates at the County Gaol overpowered a guard and took his keys. During the break out attempt the gang got lost around the building before eventually bumping into another gaoler who they gave a fractured skull and fled the prison. One man was recaptured at the door by a pursuing staff member while the others escaped. One was caught an hour later still wearing his distinctive prison uniform. He claimed to be an inmate of the local lunatic asylum out for a walk. One man was found a few weeks later hiding out at a friends armed with a gun. Another was found in London five years later after his girlfriend ratted him out. Simpson and the others who had sense to steal a change of clothes and flee were never seen again.

William Hancliffe was sentenced to two months by magistrates for being a bigamist. I’m sure those two wives weren’t still around when he got out.

 

 

Perp-Criminal Cards part one

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First selection of criminal scum thanks to the Costume Staff at the National Justice MuseumFirst selection of criminal scum thanks to the Costume Staff at the National Justice Museum

First off we have William Saville, one of the most notorious cases of the 19th century. His wife and three children were found dead in a local wood with their throats cut. He claimed later that the wife had killed the children and he had killed his wife in a struggle. Any dead bodies found during this period were taken to a pub in what today would be the function room upstairs where the coroner would do an inquest and gather evidence for a future trial. Saville was later sentenced to death in 1844 but that wasn’t the end of the story. The crowd that gathered for the execution was so large that 12 people died in the crush. 5 more later died of their wounds. There are accounts of people in the crush being thrown in the air and involuntarily crowd surfing. Other unruly behavior included pickpocketing and grabbing a mans hat and throwing it across the crowd. Saville was buried in the exercise yard of the gaol.

In contrast Joseph Marshall got in an argument with his wife in 1856 and wounded her with a knife cut to the throat and received three months.

Henry Smalley was one of many arrested on drunk and disorderly chargers which increased amongst the urban poor as the century progressed. He was let off on good behavior and went home without trial.

Hannah Grocock stole 156 pairs of stockings worth £7 from one employer and then another 200 from another before attempting to sell them on. The 20 year old received 6 months in the County Gaol.

Samuel Blower was transported to the colonies in the dying years of that particular punishment for burglary. He was given a ten year sentence which began once you reached your destination. Only 5% returned as you had to pay your own fare. Saying that one man came back to Nottingham from Australia twice.

Mary Hopewell was the last woman from Nottingham to be transported in 1852 for stealing lace, which was a common enough crime in the town known for its lace mills.

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Crime Cards

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As out Victorian Police men travel around Nottingham they will have to solve crimes that are typical from the time. Some of these are similar to the Georgian version of the game but what the Victorians saw as serious crimes has changed where they fall in points. So for example our minor crimes remain drunk and disorderly and breach of the peace. Both of these would increase during the industrial urbanization of the town. However Ive added Wife Wounding to this. For example one man was sent to Australia for 7 years for stealing 8p and another man slit his wifes neck open with a razor and got just 3 months. (she got better) indicating that money is more important than people. (obviously)   As out Victorian Police men travel around Nottingham they will have to solve crimes that are typical from the time. Some of these are similar to the Georgian version of the game but what the Victorians saw as serious crimes has changed where they fall in points. So for example our minor crimes remain drunk and disorderly and breach of the peace. Both of these would increase during the industrial urbanization of the town. However Ive added Wife Wounding to this. For example one man was sent to Australia for 7 years for stealing 8p and another man slit his wifes neck open with a razor and got just 3 months. (she got better) indicating that money is more important than people. (obviously)
Low level crimes that often received a few months in a House of Correction. Bigamy was easy to get away with in an age with less records and personnel information. The oldest profession wasnt going anywhere with even Court Judges being caught in the act. For those who prefer theior lovers to be a little more wooley bestiality would appear in county court trials. Smuggling highlights women using the dress sense of the time to bring elicit goods into prison to give to their husbands during visiting hours. Usually tobacco and Rum.  Low level crimes that often received a few months in a House of Correction. Bigamy was easy to get away with in an age with less records and personnel information. The oldest profession wasnt going anywhere with even Court Judges being caught in the act. For those who prefer theior lovers to be a little more wooley bestiality would appear in county court trials. Smuggling highlights women using the dress sense of the time to bring elicit goods into prison to give to their husbands during visiting hours. Usually tobacco and Rum.
Mid level crimes include shootings which were rare but did happen with even an old mayor pulling a gun on bailiffs who tried knocking on his door. Pistols that fired corn shot similar to cap guns were also responsible for a couple of deaths. Most shootings were accidents. Con artist tricks had started using the newspapers to advertise fake projects like the internet today. Uttering was being found in the possession of counter fit money. A crime once punishable by death but now just a few months in prison. Arson and poaching were also once hanging offences but still popular crimes in rural areas and landowners were keen to prosecute. Protection rackets were controlled by larger criminal groups such as the Lambs who also were used as political agitators during voting season. Mid level crimes include shootings which were rare but did happen with even an old mayor pulling a gun on bailiffs who tried knocking on his door. Pistols that fired corn shot similar to cap guns were also responsible for a couple of deaths. Most shootings were accidents. Con artist tricks had started using the newspapers to advertise fake projects like the internet today. Uttering was being found in the possession of counter fit money. A crime once punishable by death but now just a few months in prison. Arson and poaching were also once hanging offences but still popular crimes in rural areas and landowners were keen to prosecute. Protection rackets were controlled by larger criminal groups such as the Lambs who also were used as political agitators during voting season.
Despite the rise of the railway horse power was still important and horse theft not only made money but it gave you a getaway vehicle. Abortion in a backroom was an unfortunate occurrence for young women who were not married or those older women with too many children. A couple of abortionists who unfortunately caused the death of their patient faced the death penalty in Nottingham. House breaking not to be mistaken for burglary was a day time activity although the Victorians had numerous variations such as stealing from a dwelling house or stealing from your master which is stealing from work. Despite the rise of the railway horse power was still important and horse theft not only made money but it gave you a getaway vehicle. Abortion in a backroom was an unfortunate occurrence for young women who were not married or those older women with too many children. A couple of abortionists who unfortunately caused the death of their patient faced the death penalty in Nottingham. House breaking not to be mistaken for burglary was a day time activity although the Victorians had numerous variations such as stealing from a dwelling house or stealing from your master which is stealing from work.
Killing livestock could still get you transported until the 1860s while forgery was committed by educated criminals such as accountants who were using their positions to rob people usually without them realizing. Burglary was after 7 in the evening and was seen as a more serious form of breaking an entry as it was in the dark when poor residence were helpless in bed. The police formed plain clothes units that would go out at night looking for burglars. This was in November when darkness fell early. Murder was not as often as people think but usually involved arguments between coupleas and too much drink. A few did include money or just plain psychotic behavior. .Killing livestock could still get you transported until the 1860s while forgery was committed by educated criminals such as accountants who were using their positions to rob people usually without them realizing. Burglary was after 7 in the evening and was seen as a more serious form of breaking an entry as it was in the dark when poor residence were helpless in bed. The police formed plain clothes units that would go out at night looking for burglars. This was in November when darkness fell early. Murder was not as often as people think but usually involved arguments between coupleas and too much drink. A few did include money or just plain psychotic behavior. .

Victorian Nottingham and Crime

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For my first game I used a map of Nottingham from the 1820s but by 1901 the town had become a city. The map bellow shows the progress of the Victorians. The city has obviously grown with the edition of the railway and the predominant industry in textiles such as lace along with other big Nottingham employers such as Boots chemists and Players cigarettes.  For my first game I used a map of Nottingham from the 1820s but by 1901 the town had become a city. The map bellow shows the progress of the Victorians. The city has obviously grown with the edition of the railway and the predominant industry in textiles such as lace along with other big Nottingham employers such as Boots chemists and Players cigarettes.
Victorian city development gives us some new locations on the map such as Arboretum parks, railway stations and gas works and water pumping stations. Lunatic asylums, prisons and police stations along with the same locations from my last game board. This new environment does reflect the crimes you would commonly see such as stealing from the new growth in shops and from employers textile mills. Theft from goods trains at the station had replaced highway robbery and drunkenness was a growing concern with violent crime growing in the home between drunk couples. Alcohol had a big part to play in violent crimes and murders. Victorian city development gives us some new locations on the map such as Arboretum parks, railway stations and gas works and water pumping stations. Lunatic asylums, prisons and police stations along with the same locations from my last game board. This new environment does reflect the crimes you would commonly see such as stealing from the new growth in shops and from employers textile mills. Theft from goods trains at the station had replaced highway robbery and drunkenness was a growing concern with violent crime growing in the home between drunk couples. Alcohol had a big part to play in violent crimes and murders.
Between 1834 and 1878 seven men where hanged in public in Nottingham but all of them had committed murders in the county rather than in the town (City status was given in 1897) making them rural killers like an episode of midsummer murders. Killings in villages and woods around Nottingham but none in the town. In the 1880s that changed with killers originating from drunken killings of women by partners. By then the executions were private but it showed a change in crime. The biggest gap was 16 years in between executions so murder wasn't as common as people think. Despite this killings did happen in urban areas but the culprits were imprisoned usually due to mental health reasons rather than hanged. The Victorians were starting to recognize this more than their Georgian ancestors.  Between 1834 and 1878 seven men where hanged in public in Nottingham but all of them had committed murders in the county rather than in the town (City status was given in 1897) making them rural killers like an episode of midsummer murders. Killings in villages and woods around Nottingham but none in the town. In the 1880s that changed with killers originating from drunken killings of women by partners. By then the executions were private but it showed a change in crime. The biggest gap was 16 years in between executions so murder wasn't as common as people think. Despite this killings did happen in urban areas but the culprits were imprisoned usually due to mental health reasons rather than hanged. The Victorians were starting to recognize this more than their Georgian ancestors.
Ill be making a list of Ill be making a list of "Perps" from the records giving me the best range of criminals from the era, from killers, abortionists, drunks, thieves and even a man caught having sex with a donkey. The assizes records are full of good candidates..

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My last Dredd makeover game set in the 18th century went down really well with my colleagues who all work in the museum industry and allowed me to use images of them dressed up for some of the cards. It became a useful teaching tool to learn about the characters and crimes that make up the bulk of the content they talk about to school groups and customers. The only problem with my game is the board was too small to fit all the cards in the areas of the map. Lesson learned on that score.My last Dredd makeover game set in the 18th century went down really well with my colleagues who all work in the museum industry and allowed me to use images of them dressed up for some of the cards. It became a useful teaching tool to learn about the characters and crimes that make up the bulk of the content they talk about to school groups and customers. The only problem with my game is the board was too small to fit all the cards in the areas of the map. Lesson learned on that score.
The Shire Hall in Nottingham is now a museum where I have worked for 25 years now, so Ive picked up a bit of history over the years. The building was the courts and gaol for the county of Nottinghamshire up until 1986 but has a history dating back to the fourteen hundreds. By the Victorian age the last execution in public in Nottingham took place on the buildings front steps in 1864. A police station was first built next door in the mid Victorian period so you could be arrested tried and executed in one place.The Shire Hall in Nottingham is now a museum where I have worked for 25 years now, so Ive picked up a bit of history over the years. The building was the courts and gaol for the county of Nottinghamshire up until 1986 but has a history dating back to the fourteen hundreds. By the Victorian age the last execution in public in Nottingham took place on the buildings front steps in 1864. A police station was first built next door in the mid Victorian period so you could be arrested tried and executed in one place.
Every criminal Ive put in both versions of the game were found guilty in the court room where the Assizes were held three times a year by a Judge. In the meantime inmates waited downstairs in the cells. If you got arrested in November the next court session was in March. Once guilty inmates were often sent elsewhere in the Victorian age. The House of Correction, Australian Colonies up until the 1860s, Prison or execution although that was just for murder in Nottingham once we get to the Victorians.Every criminal Ive put in both versions of the game were found guilty in the court room where the Assizes were held three times a year by a Judge. In the meantime inmates waited downstairs in the cells. If you got arrested in November the next court session was in March. Once guilty inmates were often sent elsewhere in the Victorian age. The House of Correction, Australian Colonies up until the 1860s, Prison or execution although that was just for murder in Nottingham once we get to the Victorians.
The less glamorous parts of the building where still Georgian in design but continued to be used as a gaol until the Government took over the running of prisons in 1878. So Criminals from both versions of the game would have slept in the same space but the way they were treated was different. People assume we have lots of records about the people kept here but when the building closed the records went with them. Over the years Ive had to research these individuals myself and so Ive picked my favorites to go in these games. All people who otherwise would be lost to history.  The less glamorous parts of the building where still Georgian in design but continued to be used as a gaol until the Government took over the running of prisons in 1878. So Criminals from both versions of the game would have slept in the same space but the way they were treated was different. People assume we have lots of records about the people kept here but when the building closed the records went with them. Over the years Ive had to research these individuals myself and so Ive picked my favorites to go in these games. All people who otherwise would be lost to history.
The building today.The building today.

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